In a 2014 interview about the mockumentary series Life’s Too Short, Ricky Gervais said of Warwick Davis, “I’ve never had so much fun directing anyone … A-listers, Hollywood, it doesn’t matter.” Once you watch Davis introduce the rest of the cast of the upcoming Willow sequel series, you’ll agree. Disney released the video today and along with being impressed with the cast, you’ll be LOLing all over the place.
The video was posted to Disney+’s official twitter account, as part of a fantasy-themed thread. Fans of Life’s Too Short will find a familiar kind of Warwick Davis greeting them. The star does his best to put on an air of exaggerated importance while at the same time acting insanely oblivious about the Willow sequel series cast. For example, this Warwick Davis variant apparently doesn’t remember appearing in Solo: A Star Wars Story alongside Erin Kellyman, nor does he know that perhaps the most recognizable actor he introduces — Tony Revolori who plays Flash Thompson in the Spider-Man film series — has appeared in anything beside student films and social media sketches. You can watch the video below.
The cast of the Willow sequel series waits for Davis at a picnic table, and the Return of the Jedi star first approaches Dempsey Bryk (The Silence) — taking issue with the younger’s actor’s first name, which he apparently believes is in the wrong place. Then there’s Amar Chadha-Patel (The Third Day), who angers Davis when he doesn’t know about the 1988 movie. Ellie Bamber (Les Misérables) upsets Davis by bringing up the subject of his face, Revolori annoys him by mentioning The Lord of the Rings, while Ruby Cruz (Mare of Easttown) impresses him with her name. Meanwhile, he assures Kellyman that Solo is the only Star Wars movie he’s never seen.
As far as who all these actors will be playing in the Willow sequel series, the roles of at least two of the actors — Bryk and Revolori — are being kept under wraps for the time being. Chadha-Patel is reported to be playing a thief named Boorman who is offered his freedom in exchange for helping the heroes. Bamber will play the kitchen maid Dove. Cruz is playing Kit — a princess on a quest to rescue her twin brother. Kellyman — who Marvel fans should remember as the Flag Smasher leader Karli Morgenthau in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier — will play a warrior-in-training named Jade who is also Kit’s friend.
From what we know about the Willow sequel series, the plot revolves around the eponymous wizard and the other heroes rescuing Kit’s twin brother. Conspicuously absent is any mention of Elora Danan — the baby whose prophesied birth sets off the events of the 1988 film. She would be a grown woman by now and it would seem a missed opportunity to not feature the character. While there have been rumors about Val Kilmer reprising the role of the swordsman Madmartigan, nothing has been confirmed. As far as other alum from the 1988 movie are concerned, there’s also been no word on returns for Joanne Whalley (Sorsha, Madmartigan’s love interest), Julie Peters (Kaiya, Willow’s wife), or Kevin Pollak and Rick Overton who played Rool and Franjean — the mischievous, bumbling Brownies. Whoever shows up, the series is scheduled to debut on Disney+ sometime in 2022.